KIBERA, KENYA: International City of Peace
We welcome Hannington Muchera and his colleagues who have established, based on their work with the Quaker Peace Initiative, the community of Kibera, a section of Nairobi, Kenya as an International City of Peace.
Note: Introduction page with information primarily at the time of joining International Cities of Peace. For updates, please contact the liaison.
QUAKER PEACE INITIATIVES
KENYA- ORGANIZATION PROFILE
QPI was born in September 2014 out of a national network of Quakers working for peace under the auspices of Change Agent Peace Program (CAPP; a long held peace caravan that was driven by Quakers and Quaker led organizations around the country that has roots dating back to the early 2000’s) but was registered in January 2016, receiving its certification on the 27th of May 2016 as a Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) involved in peace building in the Quaker fraternity in Kenya who unarguably believe in the Quaker Peace Testimony as edified through the various functions and structures within the Quaker global community.
Quaker Peace Initiatives Kenya’s core mandate and activities are premised on peace building and conflict transformation at the local, national and regional levels. Quaker Peace Initiatives Kenya therefore provides both implementing, collaborative and coordinating platform for the different efforts of community engagement initiatives in Peace Building around the country. Through the development of peace- building structures and programmes, it serves as a link between the peace building organizations, communities and state and non-actors. The organization has a secretariat that serves as the national coordinating unit with highly qualified, committed, experienced and knowledgeable staff that enforces Quaker Peace Initiatives Kenya Kenya’s mandate and the Quaker peace Testimony in action.
A stable and peaceful society that upholds social justice, peace, equity and development.
To facilitate, advocate and coordinate broad-based peace and development initiatives for the peaceful co-existence of Kenyan communities.
Quaker Peace Initiatives Kenya is guided by the core values of inclusiveness,
Peace, Simplicity, Community Neutrality
Quaker Peace Initiatives Kenya applies diverse conflict response mechanisms towards conflict
Transformation. The diversity of approaches is based on the diversity within Kenya and the premise that conflicts are diverse and hence a monolithic approach might be counterproductive. Our activities are encompassed in trainings at the institutional. Religious and community levels in the following areas of expertise.
- Conflict Sensitivity.
- Reflecting on Peace Practices
- Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP)
- Participatory Problem Solving Dialogue forums and sessions
- Help Increase Peace Project (HIPP)
- Trauma Healing
- Refugee Re-Integration and support network
- Human rights Defense
- Street children and child welfare
- Leadership and Governance
- Non Violent Communication
- Transformative Mediation
- Behavior Change for Teenagers and High Schools
- Probation Support with the Judiciary
- Transforming Violent Extremism and Radicalization
- Gender Based Violence Mitigation
- Conflict Early Warning and Early Response,
- Reconciliation and Cohesion
- Entrepreneurship skills training
- Human Rights and Social Justice Advocacy skills
- Peace Exhibitions and Building Peace bridges soccer and crafts fairs
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (community consultations with council of elders, training on conflict transformation). This includes drawing of social contracts among conflicting communities
- Community outreaches to create awareness and sensitization on particular issues/region.
Networking and Collaboration through capacity building: Strengthening local peace structures the community peace committees were a creation of Quaker Peace Initiatives Kenya towards
Effective conflict response at the community level.
ABOUT THE LIAISON
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ABOUT KIBERA, KENYA (from Wikipedia)
Kibera is a division of Nairobi Area, Kenya, and neighbourhood of the city of Nairobi, 6.6 kilometres (4.1 mi) from the city centre. Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, and the largest urban slum in Africa. The 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census reports Kibera’s population as 170,070, contrary to previous estimates of one or two million people. Other sources suggest the total Kibera population may be 500,000 to well over 1,000,000 depending on which slums are included in defining Kibera.
Most of Kibera slum residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than $1.00 per day. Unemployment rates are high. Persons living with HIV in the slum are many, as are AIDS cases. Cases of assault and rape are common. There are few schools, and most people cannot afford education for their children. Clean water is scarce. Diseases caused by poor hygiene are prevalent. A great majority living in the slum lack access to basic services, including electricity, running water, and medical care.
The Government initiated a clearance programme to replace the slum with a residential district of high rise apartments, and relocating the residents to these new buildings upon completion.
The neighbourhood is divided into a number of villages, including Kianda, Soweto East, Gatwekera, Kisumu Ndogo, Lindi, Laini Saba, Siranga, Makina and Mashimoni.
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